Gender wage gap widening in the West Midlands

Office for National Statistics logoThe Office for National Statistics have just released the 2008 Annual Survey of Hours & Earnings data, which refers to the position in April 2008.

The statistics indicate that the median gross weekly earnings for full time employee jobs in the United Kingdom was £479, an increase of 4.6% year-​on-​year. Earnings grew more for men (up 4.6% to £521), than women (up 4.4% to £412), and hence the gender gap in full-time ​hourly earnings has increased from 12.5% in 2007, to 12.8% in the latest figures.

In the West Midlands region, the median gross weekly earnings for full time employee jobs was £449, and was ranked fifth amongst the nine English regions. Earnings for women were up 2.6% to £379, a smaller increase than for men’s earnings (up 4.6% to £489), and a smaller increase year-on-year than women across the UK received as an average.

London and the South East were the English regions which recorded the highest average earnings, at £613 and £500 respectively, whilst the North East had the lowest at £421.

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